Harsher distracted driving penalties to be announced today

Dec 19 2017, 9:45 pm

The province is planning on announcing tougher distracted driving penalties on Monday.

As it stands, distracted driving penalties in the province are a maximum of $167 along with three points on your license. Other provinces like P.E.I. have heftier fines – up to $1,200, plus five demerit points.

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For some drivers, it seems the current penalties aren’t enough of a deterrent to stop using electronic devices while driving. One woman in Richmond had 12 distracted driving charges before she was banned from driving in B.C.

During distracted driving month in March, the Vancouver Police Department issued more than 1,600 tickets. Other police forces, like the North Vancouver RCMP, employed creative tactics to nab people using electronic devices while driving.